I never said anything about dice being random or not. I was discussing a lottery and how lotteries are usually run. However there is another example of randomness which has been used and Dawkins re4fers to which is still in the back of people’s minds which needs to be inspected and dismissed.
This is the “monkey model.” It does like this, If you get x billion monkeys and get them to type randomly on x billion typewriters for x billion years, one of them will write War and Peace. If one does the math you will quickly see that this is bogus. If we are say that a gene is more complex that War and Peace, we will see that random evolution is untrue.
The application of natural selection to population genetics is also based on the premise that “natural law” is at work here, just like it is at work with the dice.
The natural law of natural selection is ecology and not the natural law of the dice. Ecology has meaning and purpose and is not random.
While there is an element of randomness in variation of genes, there is none in Natural selection.
For all we know, a non-human intelligent species could have evolved millions of years ago but it didn’t.
I respectfully disagree. Humans are adapted to their environment just as surely as dinosaurs were adapted to theirs. I do not think that we can have a non-God of the Gaps, anymore than we can have a God of the Gaps. The God I worship is the God of the Facts
The card example is not determinative. We all know that as long as an order is reasonably possible, it will happen, given enough attempts. On the other hand if the order is not regular, as is language, then random order is not possible, esp. on the long run.
Rationality came out of natural order, because natural order is rational. There is no reason to think that rationality can come out of chaos.